Issue 48 – Alimentation Couche-Tard is Taking Flight

On November 26th, Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc (ATD/B) announced an unsolicited CAD $8.9 billion offer to buy Australian convenience store chain Caltex. It’s notable that should this transaction be realized; Couche-Tard has the means to the finance the deal entirety with debt. However, under such a scenario we are cognizant that Couche-Tard’s balance sheet may become uncomfortably ‘stretched.’ Therefore, it should come as no surprise if the company announced their intention to raise between $1 to $2 billion in financing.

Disclaimer: Palos Funds are shareholders of ATD/B.


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